Mag 6.0 Earthquake - near Weiyuan city, Yunnan province

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In summary, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck 18 kilometers from Weiyuan city in southwestern China with a shallow depth of 10.1 kilometers. Although the region is prone to earthquakes, there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. This earthquake follows a 6.1-magnitude quake in August and a 7.7-magnitude quake in 1970, both causing significant damage and casualties. A seismogram shows the event, along with another earthquake in the Northern Mariana Islands and a 6.2-magnitude quake in the Gulf of California.
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The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 6.0 and was centered 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Weiyuan city at a depth of 10.1 kilometers (6.3 miles). The shallow depth was likely to cause more damage, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

http://news.yahoo.com/strong-earthquake-shakes-southwestern-china-142617683.html
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000sjim#summary

The region is prone to earthquakes. A 6.1-magnitude quake in August killed at least 615 people and left more than 100 others missing. In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people.
 
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yes its a tectonically interesting area of Asia ( SE China, down into Thailand Myanmar regions)

here's my seismogram of the event ... there's 2 quakes on here, the top one is a M 5.9 from nthrn Mariana Isl yesterday morning and the lower one the M 6.0 from sthrn China this morning

zhi.gif


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followed by a M 6.2 at the entrance to the Gulf of California, Mexico area

didn't show up too strongly on my system being 1/2 a world away The lower of the 2 traces

zhi1.gif


the gram below is from a mate's system in central California

141008  UT M 6.2 Mexico n3.gif


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Related to Mag 6.0 Earthquake - near Weiyuan city, Yunnan province

What is a "Mag 6.0 Earthquake"?

A "Mag 6.0 Earthquake" refers to an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale, which is used to measure the strength or size of an earthquake. This magnitude indicates a moderate to strong earthquake that can cause significant damage to buildings and infrastructure.

Where is Weiyuan city, Yunnan province?

Weiyuan city is located in the Yunnan province of China. It is situated in the southwestern part of the country and is known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

What are the potential impacts of a Mag 6.0 Earthquake in Weiyuan city, Yunnan province?

A Mag 6.0 Earthquake in Weiyuan city, Yunnan province could potentially cause damage to buildings, infrastructure, and other man-made structures. It may also trigger landslides and tsunamis, leading to loss of life and displacement of people. The earthquake may also disrupt essential services such as electricity, water, and transportation.

Can earthquakes be predicted?

No, earthquakes cannot be predicted with certainty. While scientists can sometimes identify areas that are at a higher risk for earthquakes, the exact time, location, and magnitude of an earthquake cannot be predicted. However, scientists continue to research and develop ways to improve earthquake forecasting and early warning systems.

What should I do if I am in Weiyuan city during a Mag 6.0 Earthquake?

If you are in Weiyuan city during a Mag 6.0 Earthquake, it is important to stay calm and follow earthquake safety procedures. Drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, and hold on until the shaking stops. If you are outdoors, move to an open area away from buildings, trees, and power lines. After the earthquake, be aware of aftershocks and follow instructions from local authorities.

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